Thursday, October 16, 2014

I call this quilt Summer Breeze

I made this summer quilt for my daughter who asked for a lighter weight one for her bed.  I was lucky enough to find a jelly roll at Joanne's Fabrics in Venice, Florida that had a really great selection of modern prints.  I love the aqua and the pop of chartreuse really adds a feeling of freshness.  The pattern  is called "Summer in the Park" by Fons & Porter that I found in the 2013 Spring issue of Quilting Quickly magazine.  I watched a great tutorial by Jenny Doan at Missouri Star Quilt Co. demonstrating how quickly this quilt comes together.  I only used one jelly roll of patterned fabric and one of plain.  To that I added a white sash as well as a grey one.  I considered free motion quilting but eventually chose to do stitch in the ditch which enhanced the linear look.

Now for the binding - since I was in a real hurry to finish the quilt…I was a tad late giving it to her for her birthday…so I sewed my binding onto the back and wrapped it to the front and then sewed it down with a top stitch.  Because the backing is a lovely white with tiny flowers, I was careful to sew the top stitching into the ditch on the back side.  A very quick way to add a border without having to hand stitch it.  

My daughter loves her new quilt!  She said it was just what she wanted.

Monday, January 13, 2014

It's Zig-Zag Time Again

Here's another chevron quilt I made that was a little different from my last masculine quilt.  I actually used a zig-zag fabric that had three shades of blue/turquoise and chose a co-ordinating fabric in turquoise.  I loved the zig-zag fabric so it was just a matter of finding the right plain fabric.  I wanted a quilt that had a modern feel for use in the guest bedroom.  I chose to bind the quilt with a simple navy fabric.  I quilted the chevrons with three lines of stitching that echoes the shape of each block.

I loved the way the quilt turned out.  Now that I have completed two different zig-zag quilts, I think it's time to move on to another design.  For Christmas I received The Electric Quilt 7 software from my husband so expect to see some different quilt and table runner designs from me in the future.